Sarah Palin at her VP debate against Joe Biden in 2008. (Photo: Getty Images)
While people tuned into Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence to learn more about each candidate’s policies and temperament, some were paying particularly close attention to their appearance, including focusing on the candidates’ eyebrows — or in Pence’s case, the lack thereof.
But Gov. Sarah Palin pointed out a detail from the debate that many likely missed: The former vice presidential candidate noted that she stood in high heels for her 90-minute debate against Joe Biden back in 2008, while in other VP debates the male candidates got to sit comfortably around a table. On her Facebook page, Palin posted a photo of herself wearing her Dorothy-like red heels at the podium in 2008, along with images from the vice presidential debates in 2000, 2004, 2012, and 2016.
She captioned the photos: “How is it that the dudes lucked out and got chairs over the last 20 years of VP debates minus one? Want a real test — try standing in [emojis for high heels] for 90 mins #heelsonglovesoff.”
The post, which has well over 1,100 comments, clearly struck a chord. Many people commented that Palin’s post is an example that women are made of tougher stuff than men.
Commenter Denise Field seconded Palin’s sentiment:
And Stacie Bratcher brought up a popular quote to drive the point home:
Several commenters, like Morgan Schwenn, who aren’t even fans of Palin found themselves agreeing with her:
Of course, not everyone is up for five minutes, let alone 90, in sky-high heels — which may explain why, at least in the U.K., sneaker sales have surpassed those of high heels in the last year.
And, in fact, many commenters suggested that Palin could have worn comfortable flats instead. As Carmen Sbordone simply put it: